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How to Vote

This year, 1,075 innovators from 104 emerging economies pitched their ideas and startups to GIST Tech-I. Expert panels have narrowed it down to 102 semifinalists, but we want you to tell us which thirty innovations are worthy of a global stage.

Watch pitch videos and vote for your favorite innovations every day from April 1 - May 1.

Here’s how:

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Log in to Vote ” to create a login account to use throughout the public voting stage.
  3. Search for your favorite semifinalists or use the drop-down menus to filter the semifinalists by gender, emerging economy, or sector.
  4. Watch the applicants’ pitch videos and click their names to learn a bit more about their innovations.
  5. To vote for a single applicant, just click “Vote” under his/her video.
  6. To vote for more than one semifinalist at a time, check the boxes above their videos and then click “Batch Vote” at the top of the page.
  7. Every time you vote, you will also have the opportunity to nominate a country or territory to win GIST Regional Startup Boot Camp training resources for its entrepreneurs in 2017.
  8. Log in and vote for your favorite semifinalists once per day until May 1! Twenty-four hours after you vote for a semifinalist, the “Vote” button under his/her pitch video will automatically re-appear.
  9. See a really amazing pitch video? Share it with your friends using the “Facebook” and “Twitter” buttons at the top of the voting page.
  10. Spread the word about the 2016 GIST Tech-I Semifinals public vote! Download the posters and flyers below to distribute to your friends and colleagues: